When Justin Bieber isn’t clouding up Gulfstream flights or giving his legal team hernias he is – as he tweeted Friday – “Always working always creating.”
After his Journals collaborations with Big Sean, Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne, and recent studio session with Kid Cudi, the rap-loving Canadian appears to have a spot on Rick Ross’ highly anticipated Mastermind album.
A heads-up came via Bieber’s non-captioned Instagram Thursday morning. Seen in usual contemplative pose with Jermaine Dupri, Rick Ross, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Wale, and Stalley — at first it looked like the crew he partied with at Atlanta’s Vanquish Lounge Ciroq event on Wednesday were just shooting the breeze in the back somewhere.
All became clear-ish a little later when the Bad Boy CEO re-posted Bieber’s Instagram with the caption “#RP @justinbieber 4:00am in Atlanta workin on that#MMM,” which suggested Mastermind musical mayhem was afoot.
(Photo: via Instagram)
Cue a flurry of tweets and shots on Rozay’s, Diddy’s, Dupri’s, Bieber’s and other social media accounts, with Island Def Jam also joining the tagging action.
— Mastermind (@rickyrozay) February 6, 2014
Ross has been releasing teasers for his March 4 dropping album for a while, unveiling a video yesterday to announce Diddy as its co-executive producer (in addition to previously revealed mixing chores), namely the “4AM In Atlanta” visual, complete with full-on dramatic sound effects.
The follow-up to the already released “The Devil Is A Lie” with Jay Z, is “War Ready” with Jeezy which hits later today.
The tracklisting for Mastermind was unwrapped earlier today and Bieber is nowhere on it, so we”ll have to wait and see if he made the cut on a cameo when the LP arrives.
The activity on his Twitter feed seems to imply he’s involved in some way.
In other Bieber news, after a less-than-welcome round of shut-outs at Super Bowl clubs and parties in New York, it looks like Bieber will be enjoying Atlanta hospitality for a while yet.
On Tuesday, the pop prince turned up at an ice rink for an impromptu ice-hockey session with youth team the Atlanta Knights.
One of the players he chatted with later took to Twitter to talk about his meet. At one point he revealed Bieber shared he was staying in ATL for a month to record an album. Bieber calls it his “second home” as he and his mother moved there from Stratford, Ontario, back in 2008 to launch his career with resident mentor Usher and manager Scooter Braun.
Given the current tension in the singer’s Calabasas, Los Angeles, neighborhood, coming full circle sounds like the right move.
@biebersgrande he said he’s in ATL for a month recording an album
— ɹəuƃɐƃ (@GoodGuyGagner) February 6, 2014
Bieber’s apparently recording in Atlanta. Here’s hoping he behaves and doesn’t do anything newsworthy… — Kate Brumback (@katebrumback) February 7, 2014